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Public transport in Prague

prague-public-transport_0Transport system in Prague is very well comprehensible and well arranged. It connects all the places through the elaborated network of metro (subway), trams and buses. Petrin funicular (taking you to Prague’s Eiffel Tower), night buses and ferries are also included.
To introduce the metro connections, there are three lines A (green), B (yellow) and C (red). See the map here. It’s the fundamental element of the Prague Integrated Transport System that is not only efficient, fast, pretty safe, clean but also easy to use. It is operating from approximately 5 AM until midnight (from each terminal station) every day. During morning and afternoon rush hours the intervals are about 2 minutes and at night they are in the region of 10 minutes. It’s also good to know that there are three transfer stations that enable you to switch to the line you need:

  • Mustek (A, B) – lower end of Wenceslas Square
  • Muzem (A, C) – upper end of Wenceslas Square
  • and Florenc (B, C) – central bus station

Metro line A (terminal stations: Dejvicka – Depo Hostivar) links up the main touristic sightseeing attractions for instance Prague castle (Hradcanska), the picturesque Lesser Town (Malostranska), the Old Town Square famous for the Old Town Hall Tower and Astronomical Clock, the Jewish Town and much more (Staromestska) and the must-see Wenceslas Square in the New Town (Mustek and Muzeum – both are transition stations).

The longest and the youngest of all tree tracks is the line B (terminal stations: Zlicin – Cerny Most). Where does it take you? So for example, there are the National theatre (Narodni trida – under construction at this moment), the central bus station Florenc (Florenc – transition to line C), the Municipal House, the Powder Tower and the shopping mall Paladium (all at Namesti Republiky) and the Wenceslas Square (Mustek – transition to line A) among the most significant ones.

And the remaining is line C (terminal stations: Letnany – Haje) representing the oldest and shallowest track. What is worth mentioning here? It surely is the Vysehrad complex, mysterious site that is bound up with legends (Vysehrad), National Museum dominating the top of the Wenceslas square (Muzeum – transition to line A), the train central station (Hlavni nadrazi) and again Florenc – bus central station (Florenc – transition to line B).

Did you just get from the underground and need to go elsewhere? Then you might use the tram to approach you “wherever” you need. There is a great density of tram stops mostly within the centre and the reachable surroundings. And attention, pedestrians need to be aware of the rules associated with tram. In other words, you must always give priority to the tram! So watch out!

Anyways, in case you need to go even farther to the places not covered by metro or tram, the only transport way represents the bus. The buses serve to people travelling to the remote places on the outskirts of Prague.

This link allows you to find your connections click here.

Fare zones

far-zones-prague-transport_0Most visitors don’t need to worry about fare zones as the standard Prague tariff includes all metro and tram services as well as suburban buses, including the transport to the airport. You only need to pay extra if you are travelling beyond the immediate suburbs of Prague into the surrounding country area. The standard Prague tariff covers two zones, P and 0, the latter being a border zone between the Prague zone and the peripheral zones, which are numbered from 1 to 7. Zone P has a doubled tariff value and Zone 0 is divided into Zones 0 and B (the border stops zone). Zones 0 and B apply separately for individual tickets, i.e. as two tariff zones.

Zone P includes the metro, trams, Prague public transport buses (lines No‘s 100 – 299 and 501 – 599), the Petrin funicular, ferries and selected railway line sections.

Zone 0 includes buses from the periphery areas (lines No‘s 300 – 399 and 601 – 620) running through the Prague area, and selected railway line sections.

If you are in any doubt about which zone you are in, there is a clock inside trams and buses at the front which also displays the zone. To explore the zones on the map click here.

The peripheral zones cover a large surrounding area going out to places such as Beroun, Kladno, Lysa nad Labem and Milovice etc. An integrated fare system known as PID (= Prague Integrated Transport in English) operates throughout the whole of the area, administered by an organisation known as Ropid. The Ropid website has an English version, including maps and fares.

Public transport tickets

The Prague public transport system uses two types of single-trip (individual) tickets:

For a short term there is a 30-minute ticket for 24 CZK (Adults: 24 CZK, Children 6-15 years: 12 CZK, Children under 6: free).

For longer duration you can buy a 90-minute ticket for 32 CZK (Adults: 32 CZK, Children 6-15 years: 16 CZK, Children under 6: free).

Both tickets can be used on any type of public transportation and allow transfers between lines (subway to subway, tram to tram, etc.) and transfers between different types of transport (for example from metro to tram or bus or vice versa) within the time limit of your ticket. Here is the overall chart displaying the fares.

Unlike in Paris, for example, there exists no quantity discount for these tickets.

If you plan to travel throughout the whole day then you may be interested in buying a day ticket (lasting 24 hours from validation) that costs 110 CZK or a 3-day ticket valid for 72 hours, you will pay 310 CZK for it. It’s it up to you to decide whether this is worth buying for you because the most of the historical “treasures” are accessible on foot.

Long-term passes have to be issued with a Photo-ID. Monthly pass: 550 CZK Quarterly pass: 1,480CZK Annual pass: 4,750 CZK, the passes are being sold at ticket offices at some metro stations.

In coherence to long-term passes you might come across with Opencard – chip electronic card. This does not really affect tourists as it was designed to ease the burden on “long” and “medium” term passes and to reduce the requirement to buy paper tickets.

The tickets can be bought either at:

  • Tobacconists and wholesalers
  • Info centres
  • Advance ticket sales located in particular metro stations (= a place where they sell the entire range of tickets)
  • Ticket vending machines that are installed in all metro stations and at selected surface transit stops
  • or via SMS by sending the text message to the number 902 06:
    • “DPT24” (24 CZK, 30 minutes),
    • “DPT32” (32 CZK, 90 minutes)
    • “DPT110” (110 CZK, 24 hours)
    • “DPT310” (310 CZK, 72 hours)

Note that SMS ticket can only be obtained with a SIM card belonging to one of the Czech operators.

In Prague public transport there is no need to show your ticket unless requested. You can therefore board trams and buses at any door and there are no entry barriers at metro stations, too. However, first of all you do need to remember to validate your ticket. Inspectors are always on the prowl and foreign backpackers are not exempt so they are likely to ask to see your ticket. Travellers without a correctly validated ticket are imposed hefty fines. The fines can sum up to 1000 CZK. There is even a fine for the luggage that exceeds certain size for details click here (paragraph: Luggage transport). On trams and buses ticket inspectors are likely to be in plain clothes and if you have any doubts about their authenticity you can ask to see their gold identity badge. At metro stations they are more likely to be in uniform and work in teams.

Barrier-free Travel

Prague used to be taken for a city not very friendly to people with various handicaps. Fortunately, the situation has notably improved recently. The great progress in public transport has been made. There are low-floor buses and trams in operation, metro stations are equipped with guiding lines for the blind, many stations are barrier-free and there are more to come.

Tourists coming to Prague should keep in mind that Prague is quite hilly at some parts including the historical centre. For example the Prague Castle rises high above the Lesser Town and the river Vltava. Streets in the Old Town and Lesser Town usually have narrow pavements and are cobble-stoned. All of this makes Prague unforgettably charming, but might be a burden for the handicapped.

For further information on each means of transport and theirs barrier-free facilities click here.

Accessible Prague

Accessible Prague is a travel agency specializing in travellers with impaired mobility and offers a variety of services. On their website there is a lot of useful information. For more information click here.

Rental of Historical Trams and the Public Transport Museum

The Prague Public Transport Company provides sightseeing and circuit tours in historic trams all year-round including the night-time tours. If this is the matter of you interest you can rent these historic trams that are suitable particularly for groups or travel agencies. It will surely be a unique experience with an original atmosphere.

Everything depends on your requirements such as route and its length as well as the boarding and disembarking location or any eventual waiting that can be agreed upon. You can also be served some refreshments (or buffet) and moreover there is a possibility of having live music in form of accordion player, jazz group or brass band “aboard”.

The Prague Public Transport Museum can also be rented. The building at the Stresovice tram depot (place where the museum is located) is composed of several separate halls whose interiors can be arranged into attractive spaces for hosting company or some celebrations. The hall’s capacity is up to 800. It is well possible to make an arrangement for smaller events of up to 80 people. For price list and more information click here.

Chairlift at the ZOO

If you happen to take a trip to Prague zoo you may want to treat your children (but not only them) to a ride on the Prague Zoo chairlift. The zoo chairlift is in operation from 31st March to 31st October if the weather allows. The lift is for 20 CZK (children under 6 can travel on the cableway free of charge). Tickets are available next to the chairlift from ticket vending machines; you must have exact coin change. The Prague Zoo Chairlift is good fun regardless your age.

Detailed information here.

The Petrin Funicular

The funicular railway starts in the Lesser Town at the tram stop “Ujezd” (trams No 6, 9, 12, 22) and end up the Petrin hill where besides admiring the magnificent view over Prague you can also take a look at the Astronomical Observatory (opened in 1930) or climb the Lookout Tower (Prague’s Eiffel tower). Next to the Lookout Tower there is the well-known Maze – a hall of mirrors in the Czech Hikers´ Pavilion. Another well worth it option would be a stroll through Petrin gardens.

For the fare you can use any kind of the public system transfer tickets. And what is its timetable? It actually operates daily expect the regular maintenance closure in March and October and the interval is 10 – 15 minutes depending on the season.

Detailed information here.